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Horn, George E.Skyline Railways

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The Third Avenue El, New York City

08:09:28:16 9th Avenue elevated line in New York City?

08:11:24:21 Pan of up Empire State Building.

08:12:12:00 Low angle of elevated railway, train enters frame and comes to halt.

08:12:52:07 Shaky perspective shot from train on elevated railway passing other trains.

08:13:20:00 Two trains, one after the other, passing camera on curved portion of elevated railway.

08:15:06:01 VS great stock footage of busy New York City intersection around the turn of the century with horse-drawn carriage, electric trolleys; hundreds of people on sidewalks.

08:16:06:29 Great illustration New York City sprawling development toward 59th street around 1865. Stills from photographs of late nineteenth century NYC.

08:16:52:15 VS old stock footage of New York City horse car around turn of century.

08:18:08:29 James H. Scott 1855 proposal for NYC rapid transit. Great image of mid-nineteenth century futuristic public mass-transportation design. Drawing of early monorail design by Mr. Donkersley.

08:25:16:22 Early twentieth century New York City newspaper boy on street selling newspapers while Broadway horsecar or trolley passes in background.

08:54:50:21 Train passing on elevated railway line. Camels cigarettes add below.

08:47:46:16 Low angle shot of 145th St. elevated rail. Painted on station “Ride on the Open Air Elevated. ”

08:52:10:09 Train heading toward camera on elevated line, crossing bridge, with NY Giants stadium in the background.

08:58:30:23 VS burning train cars.

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Producer: Horn, George E.
Audio/Visual: sound, color

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Reviewer: barticle - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 3, 2014
Subject: History
Great historical footage, as well as some stills from 19th Century. I give it 5 stars for historical value. However, I wonder why this film was made without sound? There is no date for the film given anywhere, but it must have been after 1958, since that is given for some of the sequences.
Reviewer: Spuzz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 1, 2014
Subject: Excellent train of thought
Excellent detailed history about the history of the E line subway history in New York City. Sure, this runs an hour, but believe me, you're going to get a detailed history of not only the track, but of the trains built for the track. The film does skip across the politics about why things were done, we don't find out why they closed it up, but the meticulous detail into this is a marvel of archival standards. This is a MUST SEE on this site!
Reviewer: MellowOne - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 27, 2013
Subject: 9th Ave El film
Thank you for making this film available.
I have a web pages with historical images of the 9th Ave El at "" and the Polo Grounds shuttle at "".
Of course, the El was gone before I was born. However, this is one of the best time traveling episodes I have had to date. My website is named 'Time Traveling on the 9th Ave El', at "".
We need to edit the run time subject list.
The film is an outstanding artifact of a bygone era.


Photographed and Edited by George E. Horn. With additional scenes from the collections of Library of Congress, N.Y. Public Library, New York Historical Society

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